Archetypes, Art, and Being

Updated: Apr 28, 2019

“The agency of change in spiritual struggles of personal metamorphosis is always beyond the power of the seeker.”

Hawkins, Power vs. Force

Merriweather, Sisters Motif

It turns out that Archetypes have energies all their own. They reside behind the art of things with creative reign and autonomy.

Ah well, archetypes and the whole Jungian analytic concerning archetypes-- very deep, depth psychology. Why so deep, though, when so many have been able to simplify the study of archetypes?! Many artists are very much at home with archetypes as characters and symbols. The depth view of archetypes is complex. Jungian archetypes are a certain set of actors in the psyche that exist universally and manifest autonomously, such as in dreams. Archetypes manifest in art, through persons, things, and happenings. The Jungian position is academic. I have worked with archetypes for about 17 years and I find that art images, especially those on my archetypal journey, amplify when viewed through a Jungian lens. Archetypes are whole myths and stories contained within symbolic forms. It is through awareness of our stories that we are able to transcend them.

If by chance a Feminine Soul image steers into your work and complicates your observations, you'll have to go beyond the short conversation. SEE GRISMERE

My archetypes, each of my poems, are conversations with the Universe, which I didn't recognize at the time. Archetypes are illusive, and very potentially destructive. When forces such as male and female attributes/energies need to be embraced and consciously integrated, the energies are referred to in Jungian terms as Anima and Animus.

Integration of the Parts and The Jungian Healing Modality

The goal of life and life's experiences is to integrate the unique, often unexplainable, dual and conflicted, yet "predictable" parts of ourselves to create harmony through acceptance. It is a way to promote synergy between flesh and spirit, I think. And more. The healing comes as a sense of wholeness, and acts as a buffer between life and loss.

Archetypes add meaning, wisdom and "Spirit Life" in metaphorical ways!

Archetypes are recognizable energies, often presenting on awakening journeys. Archetypes are projected from within onto outside environments. My archetypes are projections. Archetypes are present in every psyche, often without acknowledgement; they are actors in the dreams of all people.

MERRIWEATHER, A Metaphor of Life / Death

Image Symbolizes Sister, Sisters, Nuns, Bells, Belles, Jewels

Merriweather, A Motif

The poetry forms were ready templates for unconscious archetypal energies. The process was an unconscious dance of art and poetry. There appears an opening, a rabbit hole of sorts, on the journey. It leads away to a new center of being. "How does that happen?" was a question that prompted me to learn more about Individuation and similar spiritual pathways. It is a normal and universal process, but one not always recognized.

Merriweather and Eternal Life.

Note the softness in Merriweather's story, the dreaminess associated with this ETERNAL LIFE image. It is as if there is a soft bell in the background. Note that Merriweather's skirt is a bell shape. The Pearl is a strong Christian metaphor. Through the poem, "a pearl" lodges in the waist, the narrowest point in the hourglass. Symbolically, God stops the sands of time.

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"Symbols are the vehicles of meaning in the unconscious.  Once we take the time to learn how to give them life, we begin to understand their language."


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